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How can one tell if Timing Chain is getting ready to go bad

I drove my car this morning for about 5 minutes. Then I stopped and put the car in park. It iddled for about 3 minutes and then it started vibrating like it was getting ready to stall. I felt a stall coming on and not knowing what the problem was, I drove home. I am concerned the timing chain is getting ready to kick the bucket. What are the signs the timing chain is getting ready to go bad?

My car is a 1999 Nissan Altima with 155K miles with the original engine. The radiator, alternator, and water pump have been replaced.

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Your engine will pop. But then its too late. Basically, there's just is no way to tell, that I know of.



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Thanks for your help. Ballpark.... how much would it cost to replace the timing chain, before it pops?
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^A lot

Probably around a grand to get all new components installed.

Although I have to say....it's very rare for a timing chain to break, they are supposed to last the life of the engine...so your problem probably lies elsewhere.

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According to alldata it takes about 7.3 hours for a shop to do the work. Multiply that by the local hourly rate and add in the parts , and you'll have an approximation. Then shop around. I'd guess it'll end up in the $500 - $800 range.



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Thanks for your help. I will keep on eye out for other symptoms.
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Timing Chain Slack Test

I know my bro knows how to check (checked for the 260z) so I'll ask him later as well.

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i don't post in this forum since im a Mitsu guy, but i do own two altimas and i have to correct some things here. First i doubt it is the timing chain more like it needs a tune up or the distrubitor is bad, if you had skipped a tooth it becomes gutless and has a noticable loss of power. Secondly i would never say that a timing chain is good for the life of the engine. Most belts and chains are 40k to 70k for changing them(nissan does not give an interval though in the manual), they do strech a little and its more likely the tensioners would go bad. On my 95 altima you can hear it slapping the guides, definately a sign that it needs changed and it only has 130k on it. i dont think the chain is your problem and i would just do a tune up and look for obvious stuff.
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^A lot

Probably around a grand to get all new components installed.

Although I have to say....it's very rare for a timing chain to break, they are supposed to last the life of the engine...so your problem probably lies elsewhere.
don't know if anyone else found it funny but since we have interference motors it technically will last the life of the engine. It will either last until the engine dies. or be the engines death.. either way lmao
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i don't post in this forum since im a Mitsu guy, but i do own two altimas and i have to correct some things here. First i doubt it is the timing chain more like it needs a tune up or the distrubitor is bad, if you had skipped a tooth it becomes gutless and has a noticable loss of power. Secondly i would never say that a timing chain is good for the life of the engine. Most belts and chains are 40k to 70k for changing them(nissan does not give an interval though in the manual), they do strech a little and its more likely the tensioners would go bad. On my 95 altima you can hear it slapping the guides, definately a sign that it needs changed and it only has 130k on it. i dont think the chain is your problem and i would just do a tune up and look for obvious stuff.
ur right about belts,but chains no and that rattling against the guide you her is a flaw in the design,its top guide and it has broken off and is floating on the chain,take off da vc and grabe it and wa la the rattling is gone
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^---- Not always, it could also be the front guide. The top one is the easiest to access so it's always best to try that one first. I could imagine the tensioners needing changing before the chain does.

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I drove my car this morning for about 5 minutes. Then I stopped and put the car in park.
It iddled for about 3 minutes and then it started vibrating like it was getting ready to stall. I felt a stall coming on and ...
so the idle speed dropped way low, still driveable.
Hmm, after short drive and then long idle ... isn't there a chance it's just ignition or fuel delivery problems?
At 155K, how long since the plugs have been replaced?

would guess timing chain should go 400k.

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^---- Not always, it could also be the front guide. The top one is the easiest to access so it's always best to try that one first. I could imagine the tensioners needing changing before the chain does.
i never knew that warmachine,i will keep an i out for that now

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so the idle speed dropped way low, still driveable.
Hmm, after short drive and then long idle ... isn't there a chance it's just ignition or fuel delivery problems?
At 155K, how long since the plugs have been replaced?

would guess timing chain should go 400k.
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^Yup, allblackedout brought it to my attention. The top one is wayyy easier than the front so it's better to try the top one first.

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don't know if anyone else found it funny but since we have interference motors it technically will last the life of the engine. It will either last until the engine dies. or be the engines death.. either way lmao

haha wow ya didnt think of that, i plan on just replacing everything for the timimg as cheap insurance.

Any update Texstinger?, could just be a vac leak too.....
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